Kees van Maanen, DVM, PhD, specialist Veterinary Microbiology


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Kees van Maanen, DVM, PhD, specialist Veterinary Microbiology

"I have spent most of my career within GD in various positions. I have never regretted this since GD offers all the opportunities for applied research and development of diagnostic methods and animal health programs that I envisioned and is directly engaged with veterinary practitioners, government and farmers organisations. I feel privileged that with my employment at GD Animal Health, I am able to contribute to the high standard of animal health in the Dutch livestock industry and also can help improve the veterinary competencies and animal health situation in low and middle income countries through my consultancy work for EuFMD/FAO." Kees van Maanen


Kees van Maanen  Kees van Maanen studied veterinary medicine in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After his graduation in 1986 he became head of the laboratory for FMD vaccine control, diagnosis of vesicular diseases and equine viral diseases at the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In 1991 he joined Royal GD and started a four year course in veterinary pathology. He holds a specialist degree both in veterinary pathology (n.p.) and veterinary microbiology. From 1995 - 2013 he was the head of the R&D laboratory of the GD in the Netherlands. His current position in GD  is virologist/senior scientist within the department of small ruminants, . In 2001 he completed a PhD on the subject Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 and equine influenza virus infections: Diagnosis, epidemiology and vaccinology. His main research interests are in equine infectious diseases, emerging diseases, transboundary animal diseases, test development and test validation, and implementation of diagnostic strategies in the context of compulsory or voluntary disease control and eradication programs. He is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Since 2007 he has been active for 25% of his time as an FAO/EuFMD consultant for FMD and other transboundary diseases in many countries (for example Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Iran, Myanmar, Indonesia).

Fields of expertise:

  • Equine infectious diseases
  • Transboundary animal diseases
  • Virology
  • Diagnostic methods, in particular serological, virological and molecular methods
  • Virtual and field training in low and middle income countries


Kees van Maanen produced a variety of publications.

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